In June Michelle Rodriguez revealed on Instagram that she’d consider leaving the Fast and Furious franchise if the next film didn’t “show love” to the female characters. It takes only a quick glance at one of the F&F movies to know what she’s talking about. Are there women present in these movies? Yes, there are several: Rodriguez’s character, for one, not to mention other memorable roles played by Gal Gadot, Helen Mirren, Jordana Brewster, and Charlize Theron. But these women barely talk to each other in the movies. They mostly just serve as agents for the male characters’ stories. It’s almost like the screenwriters don’t realize women talk about other topics besides men.
It’s for these reasons, and more, that Rodriguez took a stand over the summer—and she’s doubling down on her comments. A TMZ cameraman caught Rodriguez in Beverly Hills on Monday (September 11) and asked her if she still feels the same way about the franchise. Here’s what she said:
“My path is about female empowerment, and if I’m feeling a little
stagnant in that area in what I’m doing for a living, then I’m gonna
have to move on. Evolve or die baby…I hope they show some love to
the women in the franchise. I’d like to see that. I’d like to see them
talk to each other for a change, you know what I mean? I can count
with one hand the times I’ve talked to the female actresses in the
franchise, and I think that’s kinda sad.”
That is sad, but hopefully, F&F screenwriters are heeding Rodriguez’s warning and creating a story that will keep her on board. The series wouldn’t be the same without her. Wonder Woman proves there’s a market for female-centric action films, a voracious one at that. In fact, let’s throw the idea of a spin-off about Rodriguez’s character, Letty Ortiz, into the universe. That’s a movie about cars I’d actually watch.